Starting an Out-of-school Club in England

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: March 2016
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Statutory registration
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • What are the key market issues and trends?
  • What are the main trading issues?
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Out-of-school clubs provide 'wrap-around' childcare outside school hours for working parents. They typically run breakfast clubs between 8am and 9am before schools open, and after-school clubs from around 3pm until 5pm or 6pm. Clubs are usually based in owned or rented premises within a few minutes' walking distance of the schools the children attend, or sometimes within the school premises themselves. Services typically include dropping off or collecting children from school, serving snacks or meals, and providing structured activities and equipment for supervised play.

This profile provides information about starting up and running an out-of-school club in England. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information. Separate factsheets are available to cover starting up and running an out-of-school club in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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